In my first post I explained that I had been diagnosed with PMR in September last year, following a hip replacement operation (about 9 weeks afterwards) consultant gave me 15mg of pred for 1 week then 10 mg for 4 weeks to be reduced by 1mg per month which I followed and was doing well with no symptoms. Following second hip operation 12 weeks ago I am now struggling with symptoms which I am not 100% sure are PMR or arthritis, (its happened around 9 weeks after the op again) neck discomfort (like a whiplash) very stiff ankles and pain in hands and 1 finger on each hand and both thumbs. Last week after replies from my first post I upped pred from 3mg to 8 mg and for a couple of days seemed to be reducing symptoms but today got up and I am in more pain and discomfort than ever. Could hardly move hands and fingers, really painful. very stiff ankles, can hardly walk but the neck is ok. I am going back to work on Thursday after 12 weeks off with my hip and I ma not sure I can cope like this. The symptoms I have now are not anything like the original PMR symptoms,, Cant get a appointment to see the Consultant until 22nd May, GP just said to tell the consultant my symptoms and gave no other advice? I am so miserable I dont want to live like this in constant pain and discomfort.. I have tried tramadol. Codeine, Naproxen etc. and nothing seems to make any difference ? HELP!